I don’t really know how rational this approach is – I am not sure it is in line with standard ‘speech therapy practices’. The question is… could Mac turn sounds he is capable of making into purposeful words?
Here’s an example of some of the sounds he can make…
His cousins love the fact they are HIS WORDS and they can play them to him at any time and encourage him to say them back.
We think it might be nice to write a ‘silly story’ where it can be punctuated by his sounds/words.
He is pretty hard to get on audio though. He seems to know whenever you turn the voice memo option on the iPhone on. He can be ‘yabbering away’ until you bring the recorder into the near vicinity – then he just mouths his sounds, won’t make a noise.
He also has a car, go and yar trio of sounds we would like to get on audio. Go and yar are pretty good sounds to push for with “yar” being “yes” – shame he isn’t Canadian – he’d be sorted.
I do like the fact that having these on his iPod means others at school can hear the sounds he can make and then are more likely to encourage them. I am working on his current ‘vocab’ sheet for school so they can encourage more verbal output from him.